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Tale of the Tape for Jan Blachowicz vs. Israel Adesanya

Jan Blachowicz and Israel Adesanya fight at light heavyweight in the main event of UFC 259 on March 6th. We break down the odds.

Israel Adesanya of Nigeria poses for a post fight portrait with his coach Eugene Bareman (2nd left) and teammates backstage during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

In the main event title bout at light heavyweight for UFC 259, Jan Blachowicz will take on Israel Adesanya Saturday live from Las Vegas and available on ESPN+.

The 38-year-old Blachowicz enters the octagon with a professional fighting record of 27-8, and is champion of the light heavyweight division. Ranked 14th in the men’s pound-for-pound rankings, the Polish fighter last competed at UFC 253 in September 2020, defeating Dominick Reyes by TKO in Round 2.

Blachowicz will try to win on Saturday with a combination of striking and grappling. He averages 3.45 strikes per minute, with an accuracy of 48 percent. But the veteran fighter only absorbs 2.77 strikes per minute, while he defends against them at 54 percent. When it comes to grappling, the 38-year-old has a 1.16 takedown average per 15 minutes and 52 percent takedown accuracy. He also possesses a 0.27 submission average per 15 minutes and 65 percent takedown defense.

As for Adesanya, he walks into Saturday’s main event with a professional fighting record of 20-0. He is currently the middleweight champion and ranked third in the men’s pound-for-pound division. “The Last Stylebender” last fought in September at UFC 253, where he defeated Paulo Costa by TKO in Round 2.

The 31-year-old mixed martial artist is an aggressive fighter, who lands 4.1 significant strikes per minute with 50 percent accuracy. He also absorbs fewer strikes than his opponent at 2.33 per minute and defends against them at 65 percent.

Here are the betting odds at DraftKings Sportsbook for Jan Blachowicz vs. Israel Adesanya at UFC 259 on March 6th.

Money line odds

Jan Blachowicz: +185
Israel Adesanya: -230

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